Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0424 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 24 APRIL 2015
Proud supporter of local communities
Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja, Elliott, Tennant Creek, Wutunugurra
BARKLY REGIONAL COUNCIL
PO Box 821, Tennant Creek NT 0861
1 Peko Road, Tennant Creek NT 0860.
Tel: 08 8962 0000 Fax: 08 8962 1801 Web: http://barkly.nt.gov.au
Barkly Regional Council News
Construction of the new Tennant
Creek swimming pool complex
is on track with the removal of
the old pool completed and the
new structure being prepared for
Next week residents can watch
the administration building go
up further, while over at Purkiss
Reserve roofing for the football
change rooms and services are
Each time I go past the
swimming pool construction
site I notice something new. It
is an exciting development for
the town of Tennant Creek and I
look forward to sharing updates
with the community.
When WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert
questioned the Minister for Indigenous
Affairs in Parliament last month about
the Indigenous Advancement Strategy
(IAS) funding cutbacks she referred to the
In response, Senator Nigel Scullion
said that the funding needed to run
those particular youth services had been
However, as far as the Barkly Regional
Council (BRC) is concerned this matter
has still not been resolved.
While it has been agreed in principle to
reinstate $446,000 under the Indigenous
Sport and Active Recreation Program
(ISARP) to BRC, this is only one of
three Commonwealth-funded programs
dependent upon each other to deliver
holistically for young people in the region.
We are still trying to get the message
across that council cobbles together
a range of funding to deliver frontline
services for youth in a land mass as big as
the state of Victoria.
The Minister says frontline services will
not be compromised. But does Senator
Scullion really think that $446,000 could
possibly support this delivery in a region
as vast and remote as ours?
with President Barb Shaw
embers of the Local Gov-
ernment Association of
the Northern Territory
(LGANT) convened in
Tennant Creek last week
to hold the first of three annual general
Held over two days, it was an important
opportunity for all the mayors, presidents
and CEOs of local government in the Ter-
ritory to get together to provide input into
policy, network, make decisions on major
local government issues and share infor-
LGANT is the single peak body repre-
senting and servicing the needs of 16 lo-
cal government councils in the Territory,
and last week was the first time members
have been in Tennant since the formation
of the shires/regional councils in 2008.
Over the two days, there were guest
speakers including Jackie Huggins and
Mark Yettica-Paulson from Brisbane-
based Recognise Australia who provided
extensive information around the recog-
nition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Is-
lander people in the nation’s Constitution.
Claire Ashard, Media and Communica-
tions Officer at Alice Springs Town Coun-
cil, gave a great presentation on social
media and its advantages to councils.
The meeting was also attended by the
Hon. Bess Nungarrayi Price, who holds
the portfolio of Local Government and
Community Services for the NT Govern-
Minister Price spoke about Local Author-
ities being a big part of Local Government
She also responded to housing being
flagged as a major issue across the Ter-
ritory – a matter that LGANT has agreed
to play an advocacy role – and met with
Barkly Regional Council’s two local mem-
bers for the Yapakurlangu Ward to dis-
cuss the continued housing crisis in Elliott
and Newcastle Waters.
The role of LGANT is pivotal in provid-
ing a voice for members, councils and
the communities they serve. It works at
a national level with the Australian Local
Government Association (ALGA) to lobby
the Federal and Territory governments for
benefits to local government in the NT.
Some of the key issues discussed and
decided on at the meeting were proposed
changes to LGANT’s Constitution, the en-
dorsement of the LGANT Strategic Plan
and budget, voting rights of suspended
councils, prospective councillor work-
shops and the review of the Local Gov-
There were further discussions on finan-
cial assistance grants, the transfer of local
roads to councils and a report on the De-
velopment of a White Paper on Northern
Australia. The White Paper, which will be
released in December this year, highlights
how council not only serve their commu-
nities but deal with the bigger picture of
the Territory and the nation at large.
We also held the CEO’s and the Presi-
dents and Mayor’s forums, which is
where we come together to exchange
information, discuss issues of importance
and come to a consensus on collaborat-
ing on a range of issues that we all face.
Barkly Regional Council has been do-
ing a great deal of work on the local level,
while keeping in mind Territory-wide and
Federal policy and politics, and will con-
tinue to do so.
Dignitaries descend on Tennant for LGANT meeting
Territory Mayors, Presidents and CEOs met in Tennant last week for the LGANT meeting.
I’d like to take this opportunity to remind residents and all interested groups that
submissions to the review of the Local Government Act close at the end of this
This review is important to ensure that the legislation underpinning local
government is effective and up-to-date.
The general public, local government sector, land councils and other industry
sectors are encouraged to provide written submissions or suggestions.
Please send submissions or suggestions by 30 April 2015 to localgovernment.
Legislation & Policy Division
Department of Local Government and Regions
GPO Box 4621
DARWIN NT 0801
Have your say...
Swimming Pool and Purkiss Reserve update
Council continues to
push for IAD funding
Construction of the swimming pool complex admin building (left) and change rooms at Purkiss Reserve (right) are well underway.
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